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Waterworld

A neighbor to the south provides inspiration for water conservation in OKC.


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Peter Wright
Conserving water hasn’t always been a high priority in Oklahoma City. Last year, residents set a record for gallons consumed in a single day while lake levels sunk to new lows.
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Crumbling Capitol

An annual list of Oklahoma’s endangered historic buildings includes a surprising addition this year.


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Tim Farley
Once considered structural jewels, some of Oklahoma City’s most iconic buildings, including the state Capitol, are falling apart.
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

New faces

Two political novices topple incumbent to win seats on Oklahoma City Council.


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Tim Farley
The Oklahoma City Council endured a shakeup last week when incumbents Gary Marrs and Ronald “Skip” Kelly were defeated by two 30-something political newcomers during the April 2 runoff elections.
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Party time


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Alyssa Grimley
Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell soon will take on a prominent role with the national GOP. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced that Pinnell will be the RNC’s new state party director.
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A fine idea

OKC officials plan to increase fines that violate water rationing.


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma City residents who violate a mandatory water-restriction plan could soon find themselves paying a big fine.

 
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Threatening email

A Sooner Tea Party leader is charged with blackmail.


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma County prosecutors today charged Sooner Tea Party co-founder Al Gerhart with blackmailing a state senator over legislation that Gerhart supported.
 
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tweet heat

A sharply worded message on social media from Oklahoma's House speaker to a college dean raises some eyebrows.


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Greg Horton
A Twitter message by state House Speaker T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, raised some hackles last month for suggesting cuts to higher education while also seeming to threaten the job of a college dean.
 
Monday, April 8, 2013

Advocacy or extortion?

A Tea Party leader is investigated for a threatening email to a state senator.


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Tim Farley
UPDATE: Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater has charged Gerhart with one count of blackmail and two counts of violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.

A Sooner Tea Party co-founder is under investigation in connection with intimidating political tactics directed toward a state senator.
 
Thursday, April 4, 2013

Loan rangers

Oklahoma college graduates struggle with soaring student loan debt.


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James Cooper
College isn’t easy. And it sure isn’t cheap. Personal education debt in the U.S. swelled to $914 billion last summer, according to a 2012 report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Conventional wisdom

Plans for the MAPS 3 convention center stall pending a decision on where to locate an accompanying hotel.


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Tim Farley
Progress on downtown Oklahoma City’s MAPS 3-funded convention center has stalled pending a decision on the location of a convention center hotel.
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

After Aubrey

Nonprofits and retailers wonder about their relationship with Chesapeake in a post-McClendon environment.


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Kelley Chambers
Some could argue that in addition to being in the energy business, Chesapeake Energy is in the Oklahoma City business. From shopping centers to the support of nonprofits and the arts, many rely on Chesapeake dollars. With the departure of Chesapeake co-founder and CEO Aubrey McClendon, many who benefit from the company’s philanthropic efforts wonder what’s next.
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The gap

Oklahoma’s haves and have-nots grow further apart.


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Rachel Curtis
Hundreds of thousands of middle- and lower-income Oklahomans this tax season will claim credits that the state Legislature considered eliminating only last year. With 17 percent of Oklahoma City’s residents living below the poverty level of $15,510 for a family of two, losing the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Sales Tax Relief Credit and Child Tax Credit would impact a significant portion of the metro’s most vulnerable families.
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Newtown school shooter visited Oklahoma gun range


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Gazette staff
An Oklahoma gun range has a connection, however peripheral, to the Sandy Hook massacre.
 
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Race to the finish

Ward 1 City Councilman Gary Marrs squares off against challenger James Greiner in Tuesday’s runoff.


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma City Councilman Gary Marrs isn’t taking anything for granted in the Tuesday runoff against challenger James Greiner.
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lucky 7

Skip Kelly and John Pettis Jr. face off in Tuesday’s city council race for Ward 7.


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Tim Farley
John Pettis Jr. is optimistic about his quest to unseat Oklahoma City Ward 7 Councilman Ronald “Skip” Kelly.
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
 
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